When you think of watercress, do you think of ladies who lunch on delicate tea sandwiches? The ones made on thinly sliced white bread with the crusts removed? If so, I’d like you to consider a new image — a refreshing watercress salad made with sections of citrus and a light mustardy citrus dressing.
Watercress a nutrition powerhouse
Watercress, with its peppery flavor and delicate leaf, is a nutrition powerhouse that is a good source of vitamins C, A and K.
Vitamin K, blood clotting, and bone metabolism
Vitamin K helps make proteins that are involved in blood clotting and bone metabolism. The Institute of Medicine has established that Adequate Intake is 90 micrograms for women and 120 micrograms for men. One cup of watercress provides approximately 85 micrograms of vitamin K. Your body can also make Vitamin K from bacteria found in your intestinal tract. If you take certain blood thinner medications such as warfarin or coumadin you need to carefully monitor your daily vitamin K intake. Please consult with your doctor and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist for guidance and more information about this topic.
Quick and easy to make, this salad is a delicious alternative to a lettuce or arugula salad when you want something that is a little unusual to go with your evening meal or are serving salad for lunch.